Safety Update – Flooding Hazards
With much of the country affected by flooding, and up to a month’s rain forecast for the NE of England today, we thought it would be appripriate to pass on some advice on the some of the safety issues related to flooding and flood water.
“Floodwater is dangerous:
- Six inches of fast flowing water can knock you over.
- Two feet of water will float your car.
- Flooding can cause manhole covers to come off, leaving hidden dangers.
- Don’t walk or drive through flood water.
- Don’t let children play in flood water.
- Don’t walk on sea defences or riverbanks.
- When water levels are high be aware that bridges may be dangerous to walk or drive over.
- Culverts are dangerous when flooded.
- Look out for other hazards such as fallen power lines and trees.
- Wash your hands thoroughly if you touch floodwater as it may be contaminated”
This information is taken feom the Environment Agency’s web site